Brexit delays hit pork exporters

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Brexit border delays have brought the UK pork sector to a standstill, with warnings knock on effects could be felt on farms.

UK pork processors were experiencing significant issues in exporting pig meat, bringing part of the industry to a complete standstill.

The widely seen footage of overzealous Dutch inspection officials confiscating ham sandwiches transported by British hauliers was just the tip of the iceberg as far as the UK pig sector is concerned.

The National Pig Association (NPA) said its processor members have reported the excessive bureaucracy of new paperwork requirements were causing delays at ports. And with pork being a perishable product, the delays were making shipments unattractive to buyers in the EU.

And NPA highlighted the full impact of the new rules was yet to be felt, with UK export volumes were lower than normal at this time of year.

Problems included a more stringent approach to assessing paperwork causing delays, not having enough veterinary capacity and additional paperwork taking hours to prepare.

 

 

by Alex Black / Farmers Guardian

 

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